BeefTalk: Precondition Calves Regardless of Weaning Time
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Now is the time to start preparing calves for marketing with a sound preconditioning program developed in concert with your veterinarian. Drier weather may mean selling this year’s calves earlier, so preconditioning your calves sooner rather than later makes good sense. Do not wait and, out of frustration, call the trucker and just send the calves to town.
Pneumonia in young calves is an important contributor to death loss before weaning. Many veterinarians and cattle producers think of postweaning respiratory disease (also known as bovine respiratory disease or BRD) when they think about lung disease or pneumonia in cattle, but calves can get pneumonia while they are still suckling their dams.
"Proper Planning Prevents Pitifully Poor Performance"
Oklahoma Farm Report
“Parasites are a year-round problem,” he said. “If you’re in the great State of Oklahoma, you’re dealing with parasites pretty much habitually. So, work with your vet to create a protocol and a plan to figure out what parasites are affecting your cattle and which products match up well against those parasites.”
LO Cattle Company in Garfield County, Montana, loses hundreds of cattle in fire
The Fence Post
Mary Brown, of LO Cattle Company just south of Highway 200 between Mosby and Sand Springs, Mont., is in the thick of the fire. They have 400-plus cattle that are either lost or dead. They are still fighting fire at the north end of their place and at one point it was on every single side of their ranch.
Stop Making Estate Planning Excuses
We are blessed that the vast majority of America’s ranches are still family enterprises. Passing ranching heritage to the next generation is a privilege, but it comes with the challenge of careful planning to ensure a smooth and sustainable transition.
Ongoing drought could impact fall cattle market
Tri State Neighbor
The central Dakotas have been experiencing an exceptionally dry spring and summer thus far, and many pairs are rolling into sale barns in Aberdeen and Fort Pierre already. If conditions do not improve soon, there may be a monsoon of cattle going to town. There are enough cattle in the Dakotas affected by this dry spell to send cattle markets tumbling off their early summer rally.
Look at your beef herd today
Dr. Andy Overbay
Smyth County News & Messenger
Beef cattle are our number-one product in our area’s number-one industry, agriculture. Keeping our herds profitable is the main ingredient in the sustainability of this important cog in our economic wheel